About Israel
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 About Israel

Israel in Brief

Israel is a land and a people. The history of the Jewish people, and its roots in the Land of Israel, spans some 35 centuries. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Jewish independence, lost almost 2,000 years earlier, was renewed. 

Fast Facts

  • Population8,345,000
  • CapitalJerusalem​
  • LanguagesHebrew, Arabic
  • Dialing Code+972​
  • CurrencyNew Israeli​ Shekel
  • Electricity230V / 50Hz​
  • PresidentReuven Rivlin
  • Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu​

National Symbols

  • Israel Flag

    The flag of the State of Israel is based on the design of the Jewish prayer shawl (tallit), with a blue Shield of David (Magen David). ​ 

  • National Emblem

    The official emblem of the State of Israel is a candelabrum (menorah). The olive branches on either side represent Israel's yearning for peace. 

Spotlight on Israel

  • Israel at 67: A statistical glimpse

    A brief summary of data on Israel based on the most recently published Statistical Abstract of Israel, with figures updated to the end of 2013. 

  • Israel celebrates Jerusalem Day

    Jerusalem, capital of Israel, divided during the 1948 War of Independence, was reunited in June 1967. On May 17, 2015 (28 Iyyar) Israel celebrates Jerusalem Day, marking the reunification of the nation's capital. 

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